Sheffield United could come head to head with their former manager, Chris Wilder, with the ex-Blades coach being touted as the next manager of Cardiff City.
According to the Yorkshire Post, Wilder is the favourite to take over at the Welsh club. It comes after Mick McCarthy finally lost his job at Cardiff, with the Bluebirds 21st in the table and having picked up just three wins.
United themselves aren’t faring much better. Ahead of Barnsley today, the Blades have won just four games themselves. They were beaten at home by Millwall in midweek, and have lost three of the last four.
Wilder has been out of work since leaving United in March. At the time, he left under a bit of a cloud having fallen out with Prince Abdullah and other board members. Since then, jobs at clubs like Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace, and Newcastle have all passed him by.
Should he land the Cardiff job, then it won’t be long before he comes up against the Blades. The two clubs meet in December, with the second leg at Bramall Lane coming in April.
In all likelihood, that April clash would likely see Wilder given a rapturous reception by a Bramall Lane crowd who were robbed of their chance to say thanks and goodbye to one of their own.
Our View: Chris Wilder to Cardiff a good fit
The ‘bigger jobs’ do seem to have gone for Wilder so he will likely have to start back in the Championship anyway. Weirdly, despite doing so well at United, his reputation doesn’t seem as high as it once was.
However, Cardiff would be a good job for Wilder. They are a good club, with potential to do well and have been in the Premier League in recent times too.
Obviously, there is boardroom issues in Cardiff too. Wilder would want to see that ironed out and plans made clear to him you’d imagine. Otherwise, he’d likely end up in a similar situation he did at Bramall Lane.